The HKCAAVQ offers assessment services for the general public,
organisations, and government bureaux/departments on qualifications
awarded by granting bodies outside Hong Kong. The assessment is
conducted on an individual basis to assess a person’s educational
attainments in totality by comparing the learning outcomes achieved
through their learning path against a particular level of qualification
in Hong Kong. We are also engaged by the Education Bureau to
provide qualifications assessment services for prospective teachers
with overseas qualifications who wish to apply for teacher registration
in Hong Kong.
Rising Demand for Assessment Service
In 2012/13, the HKCAAVQ processed 3,320 qualifications
assessment cases, a 10% rise when compared to the figure in the
previous reporting year. This year, more qualifications pitched at
the Bachelor Degree or above level have been assessed. While the
United Kingdom and Mainland China remained the two major sources
of demand for assessment services, we also witnessed significant
increase in applications for assessment of qualifications originating
from Taiwan and India.
Qualifications Assessment cases processed (1 April 2012 - 31 March 2013)
Benchmarking against International Best Practice
To gain a better understanding of international practices of
qualifications assessment, staff of the qualifications assessment team
visited two national credential evaluation agencies, the National Office
of Overseas Skills Recognition of Australian Education International
(AEI-NOOSR) and the National Institution for Academic Degrees
and University Evaluation, Japan (NIAD-UE), during the reporting
year. We also attended the UK NARIC Annual Conference held in
London in November 2012 to learn about the latest developments in
qualifications assessment in the international arena.
The exchange of knowledge and experience helped the HKCAAVQ
benchmark its assessment models, policy and guiding principles
in qualifications assessment with international standards and good
practices. It also helped build a stronger network and partnership
between the HKCAAVQ and the overseas qualifications assessment
agencies to enhance mutual collaboration and support.
The HKCAAVQ commenced an internal review
in October 2012 with the aim to better align
the qualifications assessment service with
international best practice and to incorporate
recent developments in the local educational
system into the QA service, such as the Award
Title Scheme (ATS) and the Use of Credits
under the Qualifications Framework. Through
this review the HKCAAVQ is also revisiting the
current qualifications assessment model to
make it more efficient and transparent.
To facilitate the determination of assessment outcomes, the
HKCAAVQ will develop country profiles as the central components
of the new qualifications assessment model. These country profiles
will include background information of the education system,
qualifications and articulation pathways in the home country.
Reference will also be made to the NLP accreditation criteria in
developing the new qualifications assessment model.
Initially eight profiles will be developed progressively from August
2013, which will cover 80% of all qualifications assessment cases.
The new model will be tested and stakeholders consulted for
continuous improvement of our assessment tools.